The Light World


40 pages
Contains Illustrations, Bibliography
ISBN 1-895456-12-6
DDC jC813'.54




Reviewed by Steve Pitt

Steve Pitt is a Toronto-based freelance writer and an award-winning journalist. He has written many young adult and children's books, including Day of the Flying Fox: The True Story of World War II Pilot Charley Fox.


Nearly a decade ago, 10-year-old Eric Niderost died in a tragic bicycle
accident. This small book by Eric’s mother is an attempt to explain
what his family believes happened to Eric after his death. The story is
told in the first person from Eric’s point of view. The impact of
Eric’s unexpected death on his parents and siblings is described with
frankness and an impressive display of faith.

Although this book is classified as fiction, its content is better
described as a religious tract. Each brief chapter begins with a quote
from Bahai scripture; no plot or storyline follows. Instead, Eric
informs the reader what the afterlife is like according to Bahai
beliefs. Eric, after death, becomes part of the “Light World,” where
he can meet all the people who have died before him. He can also make
his presence felt to his grieving family on earth. These experiences are
supported by the scripture headings that are noted at the back of the
book for future reference.

The result is a book that is really bad fiction, but a fine
introduction for young people to Bahai spirituality. Not recommended as


Niderost, Heather I., “The Light World,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed July 24, 2024,